The final week of the NFL preseason is the last chance for players to get into the rhythm for the regular season. It’s also a last chance for the referees to work out their offseason cobwebs, and it’s the last chance for NFL bettors to make a few bucks before 18 straight regular-season Sundays of wall-to-wall point spreads and parlays.
Seattle Seahawks (-3) at Dallas Cowboys – Friday
This pick is all about incentive. The two quarterbacks in Seattle are fighting for a job, and they will play like it. The Cowboys are playing to not get hurt before their season starts against the Buccaneers.
Seattle’s roster is far better than many people think, and they will cover the three-point spread in Dallas.
New England Patriots at Las Vegas Raiders (-1.5) – Friday
Mac Jones has looked good for the Patriots, and their defense looked strong in their 20-10 win over the Panthers last week. So look for the Patriots to put things on cruise control for most of this game.
The Raiders, however, are led by new head coach Josh McDaniels, a disciple of Bill Belichick, and he would love to beat his long-time boss.
The Raiders have a new offense, they will spend more time on Friday working on that offense, and that will be enough for them to get the win on Friday and cover the very small point spread.
Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns (-4.5) – Saturday
Never before has a Cleveland Browns team wanted to beat the Carolina Panthers more than the Browns do in Week 1 this year. Losing to the quarterback, they dumped in exchange for the quarterback mess they brought into the building will not please a fan base already on edge.
They have talent, they care about this game so that it sets them up well for September 11, and they absolutely want to have a good performance in front of those home fans.
Even if the Bears roll with their starters in this one, the Cleveland defense is simply too good. The Browns will cover at home.
Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos (Pick) – Saturday
The Denver Broncos were just annihilated by the Buffalo Bills. It’s only the NFL preseason, but no one likes to get dominated at this level. These players all have pride.
Look for Denver to rebound back at Mile High and do a much better job of slowing the Minnesota offense. These teams played in the NFL preseason last year, and Denver won 33-6. Look for another Broncos win this weekend.
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